Maris Otter has a long history in the beer brewing industry. This week, American Spirit Whiskey highlighted it a little different way – in their latest whiskey.
The U.K. originating two-row barley was first introduced in 1966 by Dr. G. D. H. Bell, who created it as a cross between two older varieties, Proctor and Pioneer. It’s low nitrogen content and desirable “malty” pale taste thrust it into great prominence among English brewers and often called the “holy grail” of homebrewer malts.
Atlanta’s American Spirit Whiskey has highlighted Maris Otter in their latest Ameireaganach Single Malt Whiskey Series. Each release is brewed in Scottish double copper pot distillation, with a “twist” of southern innovation- aging in American oak casks.
As the name suggests, this edition is distilled solely from Maris Otter. ASW’s Head Distiller Justin Manglitz spent more than a decade owning an working in his homebrew shop in Athens, Georgia. Post distillation, the whiskey was aged in Char 3 and Char 4 American White Oak casks.
This second entry in the young distillery’s Single Malt Series shows increasing flavor depth. It’s fruit-forward, slightly sweet without being cloying, with hints of vanilla in a warm finish. Those that can be intimidated by Scotch-style whiskey will find love in this glass that is distilled like Scotch but has a heart of bourbon. Drinkers of both beer and whiskey can appreciate everything that is ASW Maris Otter.
750-Milliliter bottles of ASW Maris Otter can be found at both of the distillery’s Atlanta locations, as well and local bottle shops in limited quantities.
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Lawrenceville, Georgia based Slow Pour Brewing will release Lot 49 Whiskey Sour in September.
This 2nd-anniversary release will be available on September 13th, inspired by the popular whiskey sour cocktail. Lot 49 is aged on organic oranges, Italian cherries, cinnamon, and molasses, then aged in Old Fourth Ward whiskey barrels.
Bottles of Slow Pour Lot 49 will be available at the brewery during their anniversary that weekend.
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Atlanta, Georgia’s Monday Night Brewing has some whiskey bragging rights to go alongside their beer lineup. Namely, their own whiskey, thanks to their collaboration partner (and now neighbor on Atlanta’s West End), American Spirit Works.
This story starts more than 6 years ago with Monday Night co-founder Joel Iverson finding himself living next door to American Spirit co-founder Charlie Thompson. The brewery & distillery businesses were born literally next door to each other.
From a fermentation standpoint, brewing and distilling have a lot in common, so Monday Night’s brewing team and ASW’s distiller Justin Manglitz had a common starting point to begin this collaboration.
Monday Night Single Malt Whiskey lovingly referred to as “The Badger”, starts with a mash full of cherrywood smoked malt, the same used in their flagship Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale. The wort is then transferred 5 miles down the road using the highly scientific “renting a Penske truck” method, according to Iverson. ASW distilled the mash and transferred it to white oak quarter casks.
Fortunately, our patience has paid off. Like the mighty Scottish badger, this Scotch-style Whiskey has a pleasant bite and will burrow into your belly with a smooth, slightly sweet, and delightfully smoky finish.
Monday Night Single Malt Whiskey is 86 Proof, available once again in 750-milliliter bottles at ASW as of August 9th. Ounce tasters can be purchased at both of their Atlanta locations. Bottles will be available in Georgia package stores starting mid-August.
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Creature Comforts Life in Flux debuts from the brewery’s Wood Cellar in June.
The Athens, Georgia based brewery has blended an imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels from 1Ams 17 to 25 months. These barrels represent the best barrels at that point in time.
Expect this beer to be an annual release, snapshotting the barrel program at that moment in time.
Creature Comforts Life In Flux will be available in 750-milliliter bottles at the brewery starting June 1st.
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Creature Comforts Five Year Anniversary Ale will debut during the brewery’s anniversary party in April.
This strong ale is blended from various ales aged in whiskey barrels from the brewery’s cellar. Creature Comforts notes the average age of the blend is 23 months.
Creature Comforts Five Year Anniversary Ale can only be found in 750-milliliter bottles at the brewery on April 13th.
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Everyone knows Pabst Blue Ribbon, aka PBR. The pop culture phenomenon was introduced in 1844 and is easily one of the most well-known beers in America. What’s next for Pabst? It looks like Pabst Blue Ribbon Whiskey.
A label surfaced this week for PBR Whiskey, an apparent collaboration with brewer/distiller New Holland Brewing, based in Michigan.
As you can see from the label above, the whiskey label draws from Pabst Blue Ribbon beer artwork, with the description “This is Pabst Blue Ribbon Whiskey. Made from nature’s choicest products that, legend has it, Jacob Best used in 1844 to provide its smooth, complex flavor.”
One more thing impossible to ignore – the label states “Aged 5 seconds”.
New Holland signed a partnership with Pabst in 2016 to expand their national distribution footprint. Sources within the brewery who do not want to be named have hinted to Beer Street Journal in the past that the partnership is rapidly expanding, but declined to provide more information.
The 80 proof whiskey is slated for 750-milliliter bottles.
Emails to Pabst Blue Ribbon were not returned.
This collaboration is a big one, perfect for a winter release. The two breweries created an imperial stout, aged in both whiskey barrels and brandy barrels, with figs and dates. After blending into the finishing tanks, Bamburana was then aged again on Amburana wood spirals. Amburna is a tropical tree native to Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Peru.
“We were pleasantly surprised with the vanilla and gingerbread spice nuances this South American wood contributed into the finished beer and look forward to putting this delicious beer in front of folks,” said Wayne Wambles of Cigar City Brewing
Oskar Blues Cigar City Bamburana is a national release in 12-ounce cans and draft starting in mid-January, 2019.
Debut: Mid-January 2019